VCU CRNA DNAP 2021

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by Asherah Asherah, BSN, RN Member Nurse

Specializes in SRNA. Has 12 years experience.

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Rn2023

Rn2023

Has 12 years experience. 6 Posts

12 minutes ago, Asherah said:

Regarding your questions above about GPA, GRE and critical care setting, I recommend the following, and would do so for any CRNA program, actually.  Your GPA is on the lower end of acceptable, but you can augment with a competitive GRE score (> 310) and I would consider taking graduate nursing courses (Biostatistics, Research Methods) if possible.  I took my graduate courses at University of Maryland since they offer two classes as Coursework Only (without enrollment), but be prepared to pay $$$.  

Yes, you absolutely need to be working in a critical care environment, this is hard stop and I wouldn’t recommend applying anywhere without recent critical care experience.  You’ll need recommendations from critical care clinicians and your best bet to do so is your work environment.  Programs would probably look at your former experience and wonder, “why isn’t this person in an ICU now?”  You could always take your chance and apply now, but I wouldn’t recommend it.  I’d take at least a year to work on one or more aspects of your application and then go for it.  I started this year and I’m 41, I wouldn’t let age deter you if that is a consideration. 

Good luck!

Thank you very much for the feedback. I really appreciate it. More than the age, I am worried abt not having the current ICU experience, even though I do have almost 8 yrs total ICU experience. I am worried even if I do well in GRE,not having the current ICU experience will be a push back for me as an applicant. In regards to the references, I can definitely get it from my former ICU intesevist and ICU manager/ colleagues.
Again thank you so much for taking the time  to reply me.


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CICUmurse

CICUmurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in CICU. Has 13 years experience. 23 Posts

Let the day of anxiously checking emails begin 

CoffeeScrubsAndRubberGloves

CoffeeScrubsAndRubberGloves, BSN, RN

Specializes in CardioThoracic Surgical ICU. Has 10 years experience. 79 Posts

Curious what advanced anatomy and physiology book the CRNA program is using. 

jfratian

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in Adult Critical Care. Has 10 years experience. 1,495 Posts

guyton and hall textbook of medical physiology, 2016

 

You can find it on pdfdrive.com for free.

Rnsrna

Rnsrna

29 Posts

Hey questions for those of you in or who have completed VCU's CRNA program. Im starting this coming Jan and I'm wanting to know if you had clinicals near your main site (I'm in richmond) or if you ended up out of state at times. Im trying to decide if I should purchase a place vs rent for the next few years. Also, based on what you've experienced around how much in savings would you say allowed you to go through the program comfortably? (I know this will vary a lot)

HKamoun

HKamoun

Specializes in ICU. 5 Posts

11 hours ago, Rnsrna said:

Hey questions for those of you in or who have completed VCU's CRNA program. Im starting this coming Jan and I'm wanting to know if you had clinicals near your main site (I'm in richmond) or if you ended up out of state at times. Im trying to decide if I should purchase a place vs rent for the next few years. Also, based on what you've experienced around how much in savings would you say allowed you to go through the program comfortably? (I know this will vary a lot)

im currently at the NOVA site, but all your clinicals will be in in VA (for you, around Richmond/driving distance). Only exception is elective rotations, which include Pikeville TN, and Children’s hospital in Ohio. I think the school was working on adding sites in WV, but a your primary locations will be in VA.  

Rnsrna

Rnsrna

29 Posts

10 hours ago, HKamoun said:

im currently at the NOVA site, but all your clinicals will be in in VA (for you, around Richmond/driving distance). Only exception is elective rotations, which include Pikeville TN, and Children’s hospital in Ohio. I think the school was working on adding sites in WV, but a your primary locations will be in VA.  

That's awesome! It'll be nice not having to worry about moving around 🙂